STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
The Hoban strength and conditioning staff assists student-athletes with proper training to be safe, successful and competitive. An overwhelming 95 percent of Hoban students played a sport during 2018-19. All student-athletes benefit from the state-of-the-art health and fitness facility and professional strength and conditioning coaches on staff.
Hoban's health and fitness center is comprised of 20,000 square feet of space. The facility contains an athletic performance center, complete with 20 racks, free weights, speed and agility equipment, a turfed sprint area and a mezzanine workout area over the two strength coaches’ offices. There is a wrestling/multipurpose room and a separate wellness area with a variety of cardiovascular machines and free weights for all students and employees. The rehabilitation/training room is used for examinations, taping and treatment by the athletic training staff.
Students have the privilege of using renovated locker rooms and an open hallway, which is monitored by a Hoban staff, to gather prior to lifting.
Michael Winkler was hired as Hoban's Director of Strength and Conditioning in 2014. He spent eight years as a strength and conditioning coach in Major League Baseball, working for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2012-13), the Los Angeles Dodgers (2009-11) and the Cleveland Indians (2006-08). He began his career as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Akron. A graduate of Barberton High School, Winkler received a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education from Walsh University in 2004. At Walsh, he played offensive guard in football and a catcher in baseball. In 2005, Winkler received a Master of Science degree in Sports Science and Coaching from the University of Akron. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), as well as a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He was named Ohio State Director for the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) in January of 2017, and NHSSCA Regional Strength Coach of the Year in 2019. Michael, his wife Nicole and daughter Lucy live in Wadsworth.
Maddie Diestel joined the Hoban strength and conditioning team in 2019. She is a 2014 graduate of Hoban, where she played soccer, basketball and softball. She played goalkeeper for Ashland University for four years and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. Maddie is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA). She is also an assistant coach for the Hoban girls soccer team.